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Utah Legislature 2013

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The Deseret News' coverage of the Utah Legislature 2013 will zero-in on effects more than process, keeping foremost in our coverage what matters to Utah families as we explore the issues that have the potential to impact your job, gas, schools and food.

Based on our grass-roots efforts, Deseret News editors have identified five key issues that matter to Utah families. These issues include early childhood education, college and career readiness, economic development, health care and well-being, and intergenerational poverty.

These issues are often interrelated and essential to continued prosperity. We present those issues to you with a promise that our legislative coverage will center on those things that matter most to you.

House passes preventing regulation of outdoor wood boilers

The House passed a bill Monday to prohibit the Utah Air Quality Board from regulating outdoor wood boilers differently from other solid fuel burning devices. Read more »

March 11, 2013

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Senate OKs new school grading system

Public schools have only received one year's worth of data from the Utah Comprehensive Accountability System, but already lawmakers are looking to replace UCAS with a... Read more »

March 11, 2013

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Groups ask governor to veto bill allowing concealed weapons to be carried without permit

Gov. Gary Herbert was asked Monday to veto a bill that would allow concealed weapons to be carried without a permit. Read more »

March 11, 2013

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Bill creating independent ethics panel in executive branch passes Senate

A bill that would create an independent ethics commission in the state's executive branch of government passed the Senate on Monday. Read more »

March 11, 2013

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Senate approves bill facilitating transition to natural gas vehicles

Utah lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill that establishes a public service commission to facilitate the transition to natural gas in Utah. Read more »

March 11, 2013

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Senator halts own resolution to give governor, Senate power over school board

Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, effectively withdrew his own resolution Monday that would have granted the governor and Senate approval and confirmation power over the... Read more »

March 11, 2013

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Proposed non-discrimination law won't be heard on Senate floor

A proposed statewide non-discrimination law ran into expected opposition in the state Senate and won't be debated before the gavel comes down on the Utah Legislature... Read more »

March 11, 2013

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House passes bill that bans charging to remove mug shots

The House passed a bill Monday that would make it illegal to charge for the removal of mug shots published online. Read more »

March 11, 2013

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Committee backs bill to overturn ban on outdoor wood furnaces

A committee of Utah lawmakers struck back at a fledgling rule to improve air quality, asserting the ban on outdoor wood furnaces is unfair and would not significantly... Read more »

March 7, 2013

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House committee kills bill to require 'opinion vote' prior to property tax increases

A House committee killed a bill that would have required local governments to conduct an "opinion vote" prior to raising property taxes above rates of inflation. Read more »

March 7, 2013

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Herbert stops short of threatening veto on bill stopping Medicaid expansion

Gov. Gary Herbert stopped short Thursday of threatening to veto a bill that appears to be an attempt to take away his ability to decide whether the state expands... Read more »

March 7, 2013

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Committee passes bill requiring tougher penalties on child sex trafficking

The bill has the support of the Utah Attorney General's Office because it provides greater protection of children who are subjected to sex acts, smuggling and... Read more »

March 7, 2013

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Bill to curb lobbyist contracts paid by governmental entities stalls in committee

A bill to prohibit government entities from from contracting with lobbyists to represent them on Capitol Hill has been returned to the House Rules Committee. Read more »

March 7, 2013

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Bill would make it illegal to charge for removal of mug shots

A House committee Thursday unanimously supported a bill designed to curb the practice of scam artists publishing jail mug shots online and charging fees to remove them. Read more »

March 7, 2013

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Post-adoption contact bill heads to House

A House committee gave a favorable recommendation Thursday to a bill that would create enforceable post-adoption agreements in adoptions of children in the custody of... Read more »

March 7, 2013

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GOP lawmakers' budget priorities don't include governor's initiative

Republican lawmakers signed off Thursday on a long list of their budget priorities, including pay raises for schoolteachers and state workers, new classrooms at Utah... Read more »

March 7, 2013

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Competency-based education bill receives House approval

Representatives in the House approved a bill Thursday that encourages educators to develop competency-based educational programs. Read more »

March 7, 2013

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Plan to fund schools with alcohol sales returns, fails again in House

A proposal to fund schools through alcohol sales revenue was reconsidered and re-defeated Thursday by the House of Representatives. Read more »

March 7, 2013

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Bill calls for Utah to be exempt from expanding Medicaid

In an unexpected move late Wednesday, lawmakers voted on a bill that would exempt Utah from expanding Medicaid. Read more »

March 6, 2013

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Bill allowing former inmates to obtain temporary IDs passes committee

Ask any nonprofit agency that serves those newly released from jail or prison, a former inmate's lack of identification — state ID, driver's license, birth... Read more »

March 6, 2013

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